The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has revealed that Peter Molyneux, creative director of Microsoft Game Studios and the driving force behind such gaming classics as Dungeon Keeper
and the Fable
series, is to receive a BAFTA Fellowship at the upcoming awards ceremony.
Following in the footsteps of Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto last year
, the Fellowship will reflect Molyneux's impact on the international world of computer games, and on the overall entertainment industry.
"I remember back in 1967 watching the first BAFTA awards on television with my family and seeing them being so excited about those accolades" said Molyneux in a statement. "Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think it would be possible for me to accept one of the greatest honors the entertainment industry has to offer."
"My first thought on learning that I was awarded an Academy Fellowship was that to be in the company of some of the greatest talents the entertainment industry has ever seen is truly humbling and secondly that this is an award not just for myself, but for all the people Iíve ever worked with".
Chief executive of BAFTA Amanda Berry OBE noted: "We are delighted to be honoring Peter at this point in his long and successful career in video games.
"He is one of the leading figures in the development of video games as an art form and an inspiration to the next generation of creative minds."
The BAFTA Game Award nominations were announced
last week, with Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
and Call of Duty: Black Ops
in the running for seven awards each.
The awards ceremony will take place in London on March 16, and will be streamed live on the BAFTA website
Molyneux is also set to receive
the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Game Developers Choice Awards, which will take place on March 2.